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Health workers warned of measles exposure in Montreal

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Published on February 08, 2019 with No Comments

Montreal’s public health agency is concerned about people who have been exposed to measles. Also, Montreal’s public health agency is warning doctors and nurses to be on the lookout for other people with measles symptoms. One person with the highly infectious disease may have infected others in Montreal in the past two weeks. Officials believe she caught measles during a trip to Europe. She returned by flying from Minsk to Montreal, with layovers in Frankfurt and Toronto, on Jan. 27, 2018. The woman then went to a clinic in the southeast part of Montreal on Jan. 28, and went to another clinic on the 30th, when she was diagnosed with measles. During this time she was contagious and could have infected anyone who was near her.

Public health agency has advised doctors and nurses and to immediately take steps to control the infection. Those steps include making patients wear masks, especially if they have a fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes.

People with measles may also have white spots in their mouth and throat, with a red, spotty rash on their face and body. Measles is usually mild but it can have severe and lifelong complications, in addition to being potentially fatal. About one in ten children who gets measles develops an ear infection which can lead to permanent hearing loss. One in every 20 children who contracts measles gets pneumonia, and one in 1,000 develops encephalitis — brain swelling.

 

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